Resources to Promote a Positive Online Experience
By Stacey Ross
We constantly see stories reported in the news spotlighting the dangers and abuses of the Internet, and surely these are topics to not take lightly. However, the majority of people's online experiences are positive, and the way many keep such a status is to educate themselves with the resources that are available to help them stay on the up-and-up – cuz it’s a "jungle" out there!
The role of digital technology can be a game-changer in our worlds, allowing us to use it as a vehicle for opportunity and social change. In order to effectively do so, it’s important to take precautions and have helpful online communities in our court. When we approach our "career" in the cyberworld (because we really are residing online), it’s smart to have a trustworthy virtual bag of tricks to tap into.
The following are a few web sites I have been checking out that come highly recommended by close colleagues – web sites that encourage a positive online experience!
CiviliNation is a non-profit site that provides the latest news and updates about adult cyberbullying, online defamation, online hostility, and other topics. Its mission is to provide the opportunity for individuals to talk about the impact online hostility has had on them, to offer one other support, and also serve as a positive online platform that people can use without fear or threat of harassment or abuse.
The founder, Andrea Weckerle, is the author of Civility in the Digital Age: How Companies and People Can Triumph over Haters, Trolls, Bullies and Other Jerks. The book gives tips to help readers' on a personal basis as well as professionally, and offers real-world solutions. All proceeds from the sale of the book go directly to CiviliNation.
CyberActive Services consists of professionals who assist communities and families with the management of their digital reputations and other online issues. They work with local law enforcement both in Australia and the United States.
CyberActive Services are proud to offer real time webinars via Google Helpouts, where you can book an individual consulting session of up to 30 minutes. Topics range from Internet safety to cyber-safety assistance for parents. They encourage parents to learn and grow with their children while gaining knowledge to keep them cyber safe, such as tips for safe browsing, how to interact with strangers online, how to formulate an Internet safety plan, and tips for accessing additional resources.
A Platform for Good
A Platform for Good is a project of the Family Online Safety Institute (FOSI). FOSI works with leaders in the field of online safety, and focuses on shining the light on parents, teens, and teachers who are using technology to raise social awareness, encourage activism, and enhance the education system. Basically, the folks behind the site are passionate about helping parents, teachers, and teens do good!
The site shares, "We hope to achieve this goal by providing parents and teachers with the resources to learn about and interact with new technologies, and by giving teens the ability to engage and teach their peers, family members, and educators."
I love how the site spells things out for their readers when it explains what certain popular apps do. It also offers safety cards for parents and kids in regards to their devices, and shares different online educational opportunities that can be incorporated in schools.
Let us know about additional online resources that have helped you? Here's to a happy and healthful online world!
Stacey Ross is an online consultant, social media enthusiast, freelancer and owner of SanDiegoBargainMama.com. A former teacher and middle school counselor, she is now a mom of two who researches and freelances about lifestyle topics involving family and well-being.